Magic Johnson reportedly 'admonished' Luke Walton over slow start in meeting

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The Los Angeles Lakers 3-5 start to the season doesn't appear to be sitting well with team president Magic Johnson.

If James ends up being similarly disgruntled with Walton, it's hard to see Johnson pushing back on the superstar's demands.

While Lakers head coach Luke Walton dodged direct questions about the move, Stotts likes what Chandler brings to the table for the Lakers.

Asked if he believed he retained support of management, Walton replied: "I feel like I have a great relationship with management".

"I love the fact that we're going to get another veteran", he said.

"That adds depth in our frontcourt, which we've had trouble with at times". Right now, our guys work extremely hard. Everyone wants to play but for us to be successful this year, we need everyone at different times int he season stepping up to help us win games. Listen, coaching staff put us in a position to win and it's up to us to go out and execute.

Walton, meanwhile, reiterated that despite the fanfare surrounding the arrival of James, rebuilding the Lakers after years of mediocrity - they have not reached the playoffs since 2013 - would take time. After that, the Lakers return home to face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

"I mean, it's great to win, period", James told reporters (via ESPN).

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Johnson repeatedly said during the summer that patience was required with so many new pieces, especially if there was a slow start.

The Lakers haven't posted a winning record since the 2012-2013 season.

"One of our strengths is we have Rondo and LeBron who are two of the best floor generals in our game", he said.

"We know where we're going and we know what it takes to get there". Him and JaVale go at it every day when we practice. "It's our choice either to hang on to those, or it's our choice to stay present and focus our energy and time on what we can do to get better".

"Our second unit was outstanding tonight", Walton said. It is unknown if James is a part of that group. That's the only thing we want to do.

"LeBron closed them out over the final three minutes", Walton said of James.

Portland's opening night hero Nik Stauskas left the arena with a glum look, his wife and family in tow, as Luke Walton praised his team's defensive effort.